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MWSS-171 fuels set up TAFDS in Thailand

By Cpl. James Smith | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | February 02, 2014

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Pfc. Meagan Quinn, left, and Lance Cpl. Erik Campos attach a meter to a fuel point Feb. 2 at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed at increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. Quinn and Campos are bulk fuels specialists with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Pfc. Meagan Quinn, left, and Lance Cpl. Erik Campos attach a meter to a fuel point Feb. 2 at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed at increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. Quinn and Campos are bulk fuels specialists with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Cpl. James Smith)


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Pfc. Meagan Quinn hammers a grounding reel near a fueling point for a Tactical Airfield Fuel Dispensing System aboard Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 2 in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. Quinn is a bulk fuels specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Pfc. Meagan Quinn hammers a grounding reel near a fueling point for a Tactical Airfield Fuel Dispensing System aboard Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 2 in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. Quinn is a bulk fuels specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Cpl. James Smith)


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Cpl. James George refuels an FA-18D Hornet at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 6 in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed at increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. George is a power line plane captain with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The aircraft is with VMFA(AW)-242, MAG-12.

Cpl. James George refuels an FA-18D Hornet at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 6 in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed at increasing readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other fully participating military forces. George is a power line plane captain with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The aircraft is with VMFA(AW)-242, MAG-12. (Photo by Cpl. James Smith)


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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand --

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, set up a Tactical Airfield Fuel Dispensing System aboard Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 2 in preparation of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.

CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed at enhancing and increasing multinational interoperability.

Marines set up two fuel bladders capable of holding 50,000 gallons of fuel each

“Currently, we have the capability of holding up to 100,000 gallons of fuel to service the squadrons that are here for this training exercise,” said Staff Sgt. Karina Villatoro, a bulk fuels specialist with MWSS-171. “We will be fueling the FA-18C Hornet aircraft from (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232) and (Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242).”

The purpose behind a TAFDS is to assist in flight operations and can refuel aircraft on the runway in 10-15 minutes.

The process of setting up a TAFDS can be a strenuous process and requires a combination of personnel to set up, including motor transportation drivers, heavy equipment operators and refueler drivers.

“We have 18 Marines out here, including myself,” said Villatoro. “(The setup process) can range anywhere from a day and a half to three days depending on heavy equipment support, motor transportation and other logistic needs.”

With several different military occupational specialties working together, Marines have the opportunity to learn from each other.

“This type of training allows Marines to cross-train and teach one another,” said Sgt. Jonathan Kennedy, a bulk fuels specialist with MWSS-171. “Motor-T is able to cross-train with us and learn about our job as work side-by-side.”

With the TAFDS set up and the bladders filled with fuel, Marines with MWSS-171, both Motor-T and bulk fuel specialists, work together to get aircraft back in the air as fast as possible.

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